George Flowers

George Flowers

The state Medical Examiner has determined that George Flowers died of complications from blunt force physical trauma, ruling his death a homicide, and 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen has charged Flowers’ alleged assailant with murder.

Jeremy Huskey, the 38-year-old Drew County man suspected of assaulting Flowers in July, is charged with aggravated residential burglary, second-degree murder, and evidence tampering in connection with Flowers’ death.

Because he is charged as a habitual offender, Huskey faces enhanced penalties if he is convicted of murdering the 67-year-old man.

Jeremy Huskey

Jeremy Huskey

If convicted of aggravated residential burglary (a Class Y felony), Huskey faces 10 years to life in prison. If convicted of second-degree murder (a Class A felony), he faces six to 60 years in prison. If convicted of evidence tampering (a Class D felony), he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Huskey, who was arrested in July for allegedly beating Flowers, was arrested again Wednesday, three days after Flowers died, for allegedly tampering with evidence, according to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober.

On probation for a 2016 terroristic threatening conviction, Huskey also faces a probation revocation. Initially, Huskey was scheduled for a Monday hearing in Warren on his probation revocation, but now that Huskey has been charged in Flowers’ death, Circuit Judge Sam Pope will likely hear both cases at that hearing.

Flowers died Sunday, a month after a masked man reportedly went to Flowers’ home and beat him, hitting him in the head and kicking him after he fell to the floor. After the alleged assault, Flowers told Drew County deputies he believed the masked man was Jeremy Huskey. Neighbors also provided statements that led to Huskey’s arrest for the alleged assault.

Read more here about the alleged assault and the information that led to Huskey’s arrest.

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